I grew up not far from Charlottesville, Virginia, where Carter’s Mountain orchard is a stone’s throw from the homestead of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello.
There, in the shadow of the historic rotunda, is a family-owned orchard where you can pick your own apples in the fall and fill up on homemade cider and apple butter while your eyes feast on the palette of fall colors in the magnificent foliage.
One of the joys of picking your own apples is eating them fresh from the trees, with nothing more than a quick buff on your flannel shirt. The other is devouring the tasty treats you can make from apples.
Northwest Gala Apples are on sale at Brookshire’s this week. See what you can make with them.
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Apple Butter Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine, melted
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 pint (1 1/2 cup) apple butter, divided
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup finely diced Northwest Gala apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in 3/4 cup apple butter, apple juice, margarine and egg. Fold in apples and walnuts. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Spread remaining 3/4 cup apple butter over batter. Gently pour remaining batter over apple butter. Bake at 350° F for 65 to 75 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan and continue cooling on rack. Makes 1 loaf.
Nutritional Information: Calories 440; Calories from Fat 103; Cholesterol 20 mg;Sodium 318 mg; Total Carbohydrates 81 g; Dietary Fiber3 g; Sugars 48 g; Protein 7 g
Recipe from Carter’s Mountain Orchard